Diet sodas are no better for your health than their sugary counterpart, new study suggests

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Diet sodas are no better for your health than their sugary counterpart, new study suggests

  • The researchers analyzed data from 1.2 million adults from 14 studies
  • Found that those who consumed sweetened beverages were more likely to die young
  • The risk of death increases with each additional 250ml of sweetened drink per day

Drinking diet Coke or lemonade is just as bad for you as whole sugars, a large study suggests.

Those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages were more likely to die young, researchers found.

They analyzed data from 1.2 million adults from 14 studies, with some participants following for more than 20 years.

During this time there were 137,310 dead. The risk of death increased with every additional 250ml of sweetened drink consumed per day – less than a standard 330ml can of pop.

Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to a 5 percent increased risk of dying from any cause and a 13 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease.

Researchers who analyzed data from 1.2 million adults from 14 studies found that those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages were more likely to die young (stock photo)

Researchers who analyzed data from 1.2 million adults from 14 studies found that those who consumed sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages were more likely to die young (stock photo)

People who drank the most were 12 percent more likely to die from any cause and 20 percent more likely to die from heart disease than those who drank the least.

Consuming artificially sweetened beverages was linked to a 4 percent increased risk of dying from any cause and a 7 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease.

Those who drank the most were 12 percent more likely to die from any cause and 23 percent more likely to die from heart disease than those who drank the least. Lead author of the study, Dr. Hongyi Li, of Zhengzhou University in China, told the Journal of Public Health: “ High consumption of both artificially sweetened and sugar-sweetened drinks showed significant associations with a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease. vascular disease and all-cause mortality.

“This information can provide ideas for reducing the global burden of disease by reducing the intake of sweetened beverages.”

The UK government introduced a sugar tax on drinks in April 2018 to reduce consumption and improve the health of the country.

Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to a 5 percent increased risk of dying from any cause and a 13 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease (stock image)

Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to a 5 percent increased risk of dying from any cause and a 13 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease (stock image)

Producers of soft drinks containing more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 ml have to pay a levy of 18 pence per liter to the Treasury.

Those containing more than 8g of sugar per 100ml will receive a higher load of 24p per liter.

Households consumed 10 percent less sugar from soda the following year, but sales of soda generally remained unchanged. Experts say shoppers have switched to alternative, low-sugar beverages, drinks, or manufacturers have reformulated recipes to avoid paying the tax.

Professor Graham MacGregor, of the Action on Sugar campaign group, said, “Ideally, people should avoid sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks and choose a healthier option like water.”

Gavin Partington, of the British Soft Drinks Association, said, “Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet. The industry recognizes that it can play a role in helping to combat obesity. ‘

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